Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Create Your Own Sunset..

Today I'm going to show you the final card from my first "Tantalising Techniques" class. This one is made using a variation on the technique used for the first two cards - but doesn't it look different?! The colours I've used here look a bit like a sunset, but with different colours you can achieve dramatically different effects. The ladies who came to this class loved trying this one out!

I'm repeating this class at Pennikkity Pots Ceramics Café in Ipswich on the afternoon of Thursday 7th March, and at the moment I have some spaces left. If you'd like to come along and join in, then you can find the  booking link by clicking here. If you haven't been to one of my classes before, then I'll even have a fabulous FREE GIFT waiting for you. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Thanks for dropping in, back with more soon.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Mesmerising Medallions

Here's the second card from my first "Tantalising Techniques" class. I don't know about you, but I find the colour changes on these stamped medallions almost mesmerising.

You can make this card, along with two others, at my next class on 7th March. You'll love learning the technique and will have lots of opportunities to experiment with producing your own multi-coloured stamped images - fabulous, inky fun!

If you're in the Ipswich area and free on the afternoon of Thursday 7th March, then why not book your place and come and join us? You can find more details, and the booking link, by clicking here. If this will be your first class with me, then there will be a fabulous FREE GIFT waiting for you, too! I look forward to seeing you there..

If you pop back tomorrow, I'll show you the final card from this class.. Thanks for dropping in!

Monday, 25 February 2013

Beautiful Butterfly

Happy Monday! I hope you've all got a lovely week planned...

I said I'd show you the projects from my current "Tantalising Techniques" classes, so here's the first one. I'm loving this rainbow technique!

If you'd like to learn how to make this card, then there is still time to book onto my class on 7th March. You can find all the details, and the booking link, by clicking here. I'd love to see you, and if this will be your first class with me, then there will be a special welcome gift waiting for you!

Friday, 22 February 2013

Multicoloured Stamped Cards

Friday already! I hope you've had a fantastic week... mine has been a little busy, but really good. On Wednesday, I ran my first ever "Tantalising Techniques" class, and it went down a storm! I'll show you pictures of the class projects in a few days.. in the meantime, here are a couple of cards I made using the little pieces of cardstock I used to demonstrate the project - no waste for me! I love the subtle shifts in colour on these cards..

This one uses three of the stamps from the "Lacy and Lovely" stamp set (a new one to me, and one I'm finding really great fun to play with). The sentiment is from one of the sets you can earn free during Sale-A-Bration - "Vintage Verses". I'm always after sentiments that aren't too specific, as I like sending cards for no particular reason - this one fits the bill perfectly. The focal image on this card was stamped right at the end of the class, and you can see how beautifully merged the colours are by this point.

The image on this next card was stamped earlier, so the colours are much more strongly defined. I love how each image is different though, despite the fact that I've used the same stamp several times. I find the colours on this one mesmerising, somehow. The focal image uses just one stamp from the same "Lacy and Lovely" set; the sentiment comes from that set too.

The ladies at my class loved learning how to stamp beautifully coloured images like these, and went away really excited to play with this technique even more. If you'd like to learn how to do the same, then I'll be repeating the class on the afternoon of Thursday 7th March, at Pennikkity Pots Ceramics Café.

You can find more details about the class, and the link to book your place, by clicking here. I look forward to seeing you then!

Friday, 15 February 2013

Whole Latte Love!

Wow - today has actually looked like Spring could almost be on its way! Lovely sunshine and we were able to get out into the garden for a while to do some much-needed tidying. Long may it last...

I hope you all had a fabby Valentine's Day! Mine was wonderful, and Alan loved the card I made for him (phew!). Here it is:

The image is from another free Sale-A-Bration stamp set, this time "Patterned Occasions". A very simple card, but I think simple can be really effective, and I love this. What do you think?

There is still time for you to book your Sale-A-Bration party and get your hands on this or one of our other exclusive stamp sets absolutely free. Click here for more details about Sale-A-Bration, and you can find out more about Stampin' Up! parties here. Call me or email me - I'd love to put a date in my diary to share some Stampin' Up! fun with you and your friends.

On a totally different subject, I took some quick pictures of Rosie a couple of days ago, while she was curled up on my lap. I thought I'd share them with you. I hope you like them..

I love these!

Back soon. Thanks for dropping by...

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Tantalising Techniques....

Fancy learning some fab crafting techniques? Next Wednesday (20th) sees the first of my new "Tantalising Techniques" classes. Here's a little sneak peek of one of the projects you'll be making.

There are still spaces left, so if you'd like to lean how to create beautiful inky effects like this....

... then click here to book.

Looking forward to seeing you in class!

Monday, 11 February 2013

Oh, Hello - A Swap!

My March "Cards ...and More!" class uses the new "Oh, Hello" stamp set from the Spring Summer Catalogue, so as you can imagine it's been on my craft desk quite a lot recently. A few days ago, the new Flower Trim also found its way into my craft room for the first time, and I had an idea. Here's what I came up with for my swap for our Team Training evening on Wednesday:

If you cut away a single flower from the Flower Trim, that flower is the perfect size to add a bit of dimension to the flower stamp from the "Oh, Hello" set. Doesn't it look fab!

Because the Flower Trim is Very Vanilla to begin with, it is perfect for inking to match your colour scheme. You could, if you wanted, use your Bone Folder, or some kitchen roll to press the flower into the inkpad, or you could add colour with a sponge dauber. You could. Or you could just decide to get yourself really inky. Which is my preferred option. By the time I had finished I had VERY Island Indigo fingers, and a great big smile on my face.

Here's a close-up - I love the texture...

I'm going through a distress-y phase at the moment, so you can see my Colour Spritzer was used quite heavily again for this one. If you don't have one yet, they are so much fun to use!

If you want to get some more ideas for using this stamp set, why not come along to one of my "Cards ...and More!" classes in March? You'll get the stamp set included in the price of the class, and loads of exciting new ideas to be going on with. If you haven't been to any of my classes before, there'll even be a free gift for you when you collect your class pack. Click here to book your place - I'd love to see you!

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Soda Pop Tops!

One of the many crafts I've dabbled in over the past I-don't-know-how-many years is jewellery-making. I loved it but, since I decided to focus mainly on papercrafts, I haven't really had much time to do any. I was so excited, then, when I opened our new Spring Summer catalogue and saw the Soda Pop Tops ("Beer Bottle Tops" would have been SO much easier to say, though..!). Immediately, I knew I wanted to include them in our recent Team Training evening. Here's my first project:

Originally, the plan was for everyone to make a brooch, like the one above, but as we now have male demonstrators in the team, this looked a little sexist. A quick hunt around on a certain internet auction site turned up some great little tie-slider bases that just fitted the little bottle tops, and this idea was born:

Aren't they lovely? Alan chose the design for this one, really simple but effective, I think.

The glossiness is provided courtesy of a generous layer of Crystal Effects, which seals in the contents really effectively and makes it all look really professional.

Here's a side-view of each, so you can see the fastenings a bit more clearly. The bottle tops were glued to the findings in each case with more Crystal Effects - it makes a brilliant glue.

What have you been making with your Soda Pop Tops? I'd love to see your ideas...

Come back tomorrow and I'll show you an idea that I love, using our pretty Flower Trim. Thanks for dropping by today!

Friday, 8 February 2013

Cards ...and More! - The February Projects

I've loved this week's classes! Here are the projects we made - four cards this month...

The theme of the classes was "Papillon Potpourri", and the cling-mount version of this stamp set was included in the class price. When I was planning these classes, I loved the way these stamps seemed to go effortlessly with the "Floral District" Designer Series Paper pack, so all the cards use these papers, and everyone got a third of a sheet of each of the six designs in the pack too. Everyone loved the fact that they ended up with materials left over, so that they could carry on crafting in the same vein when they got home.

If you've never been to any of my classes before, then why not come along and give them a go? You can find out more about them by clicking here, and there's a special welcome gift waiting for you when you come along for the first time...

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Team Congratulations...

You can imagine that, doing the job that I do, I make and send out LOADS of cards. Some of the ones that I'm proudest to send are those to my fantastic team of Demonstrators, to mark their promotions and achievements as they build their own Stampin' Up! businesses. I had great fun making the most recent batch, and decided to use the Sale-A-Bration stamp set "Feeling Sentimental" as my starting point. This was the first one I made:

I love the "Victorian" feel of this card, but thought that I could develop the theme a little further. Out came my Colour Spritzer tool and Stampin' Write Markers, and a couple of Sponge Daubers (I love it when I can get really inky!). This was the next version:

I love how you can really change the feel of a card just by adding some ink! River Rock and Rich Razzleberry, in case you're wondering...

Here's another colourway. Island Indigo, Pool Party and Tangerine Tango this time, but again using papers from Sale-A-Bration's "Sycamore Street".

A totally different "feel" again!

I'm so proud of my team, and am always thrilled to bits to be able to cheer for them as they develop their businesses in ways that help them to achieve their own goals. Ladies (and gents!), you're a wonderful group of people and I'm proud to know each and every one of you..

One of the things I love about Stampin' Up! is the celebrating all those milestones, large or small, with other Demonstrators. It's part of what makes this such a great business to be involved with. If you're interested in creating your own business with Stampin' Up!, then I'd love to talk to you about becoming part of my team. It's even better value for money during Sale-A-Bration, too! You can find more information by clicking here, or of course you can email me or call me (details in the sidebar). I look forward to hearing from you.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

My Oval Box - The Finished Version!

You may remember that a little while ago I showed you my first attempt at making an oval box, using the new Oval Framelits dies. Well, I've actually remembered to take some pictures of the finished version, so I can show that to you now. Here it is...

You know by now how much I love the Sale-A-Bration "Sycamore Street" papers, but that ribbon is just LUSH! This is the Island Indigo colourway, but it comes in Pool Party and Tangerine Tango too, all part of a brilliant little pack, complete with matching buttons. And all of them free with one £45 purchase during Sale-A-Bration! I'm going through it like wildfire, it is just the most beautiful ribbon for tying bows in - not at all slippery like satin ribbon can sometimes be.

Here's a close-up of the top of the box.

The sentiment is from another Sale-A-Bration freebie, "Pretty Petites", punched out with the Petite Curly Label punch (also available as a Sale-A-Bration gift).

I can't end this post without saying a huge thanks to Val Moody, who made the first oval boxes I saw, and who inspired me to have a go at making my own. Thanks Val!

Back tomorrow with some wonderful news to share about my fantastic Team Sunshine demonstrators. I hope you can join me then! Thanks for dropping in...

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Free Tutorial - Hanging Decoration

Today is the day I'll be sending out my first Customer Newsletter of the month, and all those who subscribe will be given access to an exclusive tutorial showing how to make this sweet hanging decoration.

This one's made using one of the fab Sale-A-Bration Designer Series Papers, but you can adapt it really easily to suit any occasion and any colour scheme. This one's hanging up in my craft room.

If you're not on my mailing list yet, but would like the tutorial, then it's not too late. All you need to do is to click on the "Sign Up For My Email Newsletter Link", which you'll find in the sidebar. Fill in the details and then add a comment to the bottom of this post telling me you've joined, and I'll make sure the tutorial is sent on to you.

By subscribing to my newsletter, you'll automatically be sent updates about special offers, classes and events, and of course information about Stampin' Up!'s gorgeous product range, as well as lots of news about my little crafting world. In addition, each month, one lucky subscriber will win a fantastic Stampin' Up! prize (sorry, UK subscribers only for the prize draw, I'm afraid). And, if you decide at any time that you no longer wish to hear from me, then it's really easy to unsubscribe.

Tomorrow, I'll be showing you the finishes version of the pretty oval box I shared with you a little while ago. I'm so chuffed with it! See you then...

Friday, 1 February 2013

Secret Garden Scallop Square Box

Well, how long is your wishlist from the new Spring / Summer catalogue? Isn't it just FAB?! A couple of days ago, I showed you a card I'd made using the new Secret Garden stamp set and Framelits dies; today, I want to share with you a gorgeous box I made using them:

I've seen this type of box around for a while, but not had the chance to make one before, and I have to say I'm thrilled to bits with this one. I had a hankering to make a box, and was suddenly taken with the urge to use the Scallop Square Bigz Clear die too. This was the result. The flowers were stamped and embossed on two different colours of cardstock (Island Indigo and Pool Party, and Tangerine Tango and Very Vanilla) before being cut out and layered together. The leaves were stamped, embossed and die cut too (there is NO way I'd have been able to cut those leaves out without slicing through the stem - thank goodness for my trusty Big Shot!). The paper on the lid of the box is from the Natural Composition Designer Series Paper pack, and the picture really doesn't do it justice - the pattern is raised and glossy and just too sumptuous for words. Originally, I didn't put the ribbon on, but it really needed something in that corner and the Sale-A-Bration ribbon pack makes just the prettiest bows. (Don't forget you can get it free, just click here to find out how.)

I hope you like it! The Secret Garden stamp set and Framelits dies are available separately, or you can buy them together as a bundle and save 15% on the cost (which is what I did). I am going to get SO much use out of these! Click here to find out how to order them.

What are your favourite things from the Spring Summer Catalogue so far?

Introducing the 2013 Spring / Summer Seasonal Catalogue

It's here - the first sign that Spring is well and truly on its way! The new Stampin' Up! Spring / Summer Catalogue is here at last and you are going to L-O-V-E it!

Click here to have a browse.

I'll leave you with that to be going on with, but do pop back later today as I'll have a special project for you to have a look at. Have fun!